Features — 21 August 2015 — by Johnelle McKenzie
Back to School

BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Aug. 20, 2015–“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

In an effort to ensure that our children are well-prepared as they return to the classroom, this Wednesday, August 19, several organizations made donations to further the education and development of our children.

       Belize Telecommunications Ltd. (BTL) hosted its 24th annual high school scholarship award ceremony at the Best Western Biltmore Plaza Hotel, where it gave out 20 new scholarships to students. Nineteen were at the high school level and 1 was at the tertiary level.

       According to Lorena Martinez, BTL’s Public Relations Representative, BTL offers 75 scholarships each year; 20 recipients recently graduated, which made it possible to add 20 new recipients. These are full scholarships that cover tuition, books, fees, and tutoring lessons where needed.

       In a press release BTL said, “BTL prides itself in providing much needed support to assist the 2015 scholarship recipients in fulfilling their dreams of furthering their education … We see our sound contribution to education as a means of developing our society, as with a sound education we also add to the pool of diverse professionals that will someday soon join the workforce.”

        Meanwhile, the Police Department donated a total of 84 school bags and school supplies to children from Jane Usher Boulevard as they prepare to return to the classroom. The police are looking for new recruits for their after-school program, the youth cadets. All this is being done to ensure that the children stay focused and avoid a life of crime.

       Also, six high schools were the recipients of laptop computers, courtesy of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Peacework, and the Ministry of Education.  Casey Gordon, Education Information Officer of the Ministry of Education, said, “These laptops were donated to assist schools in implementing developmental strategies and programs that would support the integration of the Financial Literacy and Entrepreneurship Curriculum.”

        The high schools that were the recipients of laptops are Pallotti, E.P. Yorke, Canaan High, SJC, Ladyville Tech, and Belize High School. Each received 2 laptops.

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